State Boating and Boater Education Information

If you were born on or after January 1, 1982 and are operating a vessel over 25 horsepower in the state of Pennsylvania, you must carry the Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate.

Note: If someone says you need a 'boating license', what they mean is that you need the Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate.

One of the easiest ways to get the Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate is to take’s online boating course.® is approved by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC), the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), and is also recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard.


  • There are over 360,000 boats registered in Pennsylvania.
  • Despite the popularity of boating in Pennsylvania, in 2010, the state accounted for only 2% of boating accidents and 1% of boating fatalities in the U.S.

What can I expect from®?

The® course includes 9 chapters followed by a 60-question final exam. Each chapter is followed by a 10-question quiz to help you prepare for the exam.® is narrated, interactive and provides visual aids in its testing, features that make learning interesting and passing easier. Boaters choose® by more than 2 to 1 over the next leading competitor*.

Get your Pennsylvania Boating Education Safety Certificate today.

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Why use® to get your Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate?

  • Approved by the PFBC and NASBLA
  • Fast and convenient online study
  • Interactive course material makes learning easy
  • Print a temporary boater education certificate as soon as you pass.

U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics for Pennsylvania
  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Total number of accidents 56 64 59 58 70
Fatal accidents 19 10 08 11 06
Fatalities 25 11 08 11 07

*2011 Responsive Management report.